New Zealand Markets closed

Ferry workers to boycott Ferry McFerryface

Sydney's newest ferry is called Ferry McFerryface but the vessel may not be going anywhere anytime soon, with the maritime union boycotting the boat due to its "disrespectful" name.

Maritime Union of Australia NSW assistant branch secretary Paul Garrett says ferry workers are "insulted" by the name and see it as a "bad joke" that will quickly wear thin.

"They should have named the ferry after a prominent or eminent Australian or an indigenous leader," Mr Garrett told AAP on Tuesday.

In a competition to name six new inner-harbour ferries, the somewhat unoriginal Ferry McFerryface in fact came fifth behind Boaty McBoatface, which was ruled out on the basis it was already the name of a submersible carried on the UK research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough.

McFerryface is now one of a fleet of 30 inner-harbour ferries.

The top names according to the competition votes were Catherine Hamlin, Victor Chang and Fred Hollows, followed by Boaty McBoatface and Ferry McFerryface.

The first three made the cut as well as Bungaree and Pemulwuy.

Then, of course, there's McFerryface.

The union says one ferry is always kept as a back-up and barely used. Therefore the boycott might not impact commuters that much but it will potentially leave McFerryface all dressed up with a new name but with nowhere to go.

"A boycott would have an impact if there was an unscheduled breakdown of one of the other ferries," Mr Garret said on Tuesday.

Ferry workers are copping "McDonald's references" at the moment, the union leader added, with passengers asking if the next ferry is going to be called Chicken McNuggets or Hamburglar.

"My secretary came in and said she felt like a McFlurry - she's heard it all day."

Transport Minister Andrew Constance has declined to comment on the union boycott.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Energy and resources shares drag on ASX

    Energy and materials shares offset gains in the banking and healthcare sectors on Wednesday.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Bellamy's expects first-half sales to fall

    The infant formula maker, which still awaits a crucial permit to sell its products in China, expects its first-half sales to fall by 10 to 15 per cent.

  • Newcrest Mining Q1 gold output rises 5%
    Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Newcrest Mining Q1 gold output rises 5%

    Higher output at Newcrest's flagship Cadia mine near Orange has seen gold production rise five per cent for the quarter.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Wall St extends falls on earnings concerns

    US stocks have fallen as earnings season jitters around rising borrowing costs, wages and tariffs bite.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    AAP Markets Report October 24

    Movements on overseas markets.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Energy leads widespread declines on ASX

    Energy and materials stocks have dragged the ASX back toward last week's six-month low.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Stocks to watch

    Stocks of interest at the close of trade on the ASX on Tuesday, October 23.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Property settlement firm PEXA launches IPO

    Online property settlements company Property Exchange Australia is seeking to raise up to $862 million in an IPO.

  • Australia set for worst harvest in 10 yrs
    Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Australia set for worst harvest in 10 yrs

    Rural analysts are predicting Australia's worst winter harvest in 10 years, with drought and overnight frosts ravaging eastern grain crops.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Healthscope again targeted with $4.1bn bid

    BGH Capital and AustralianSuper have returned with another bid for Healthscope, five months after the private hospital operator rejected their takeover attempt.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    CBA $426m Indonesian insurance stake sale

    Commonwealth Bank is selling its 80 per cent stake in an Indonesian life insurance business and will boost its capital reserves with the profits.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    AAP Markets Report October 23

    Movements on overseas markets.

  • Turbulence ahead from elections: Deloitte
    Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Turbulence ahead from elections: Deloitte

    Deloitte economist Chris Richardson says progress toward surplus could be unsettled as politicians try to woo voters in federal, NSW and Victorian elections.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Australian share market closes lower again

    The Australian share market has closed lower, largely a result of international worries.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Stocks to watch

    Stocks of interest at the close of trade on the ASX on Monday, October 22.

  • Telstra outage hit 1,433 Triple Zero calls
    Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Telstra outage hit 1,433 Triple Zero calls

    Telstra has to improve its network after an ACMA investigation found more than 1,400 Triple Zero calls went unconnected during an outage.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    WorleyParsons grows with $4.6b acquisition

    WorleyParsons is set to almost double in size after agreeing to acquire Jacobs Engineering's energy, chemicals and resources division in a $A4.6 billion deal.

  • Flight Centre shares fall on guidance
    Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Flight Centre shares fall on guidance

    Flight Centre shares have fallen as much as 12 per cent with investors unimpressed by the travel provider's updated guidance.

  • Clearances lag heading into auction season
    Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Clearances lag heading into auction season

    National capital city auction clearances have lagged below 50 per cent for the fourth straight week amid a widespread market downturn

  • Virgin Australia flags H1 profit rise
    Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Virgin Australia flags H1 profit rise

    Virgin Australia expects to lift first-half underlying profit at least 22 per cent to $100 million after seeing its first-quarter revenue jump 9.7 per cent.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    AAP Markets Report October 22

    Movements on overseas markets.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    By-election shock to affect Aust markets

    The Australian share market is tipped to open lower again this week following the shock result in the Wentworth by-election.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    US S&P 500 slips on rates concerns

    Wall Street has finished the session flat to lower as worries about international trade tensions and rising interest rates weigh on market confidence.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Stocks to watch

    Stocks of interest at the close of trade on the ASX on Friday, October 19.

  • Finance
    Australian Associated Press

    Stocks to watch

    Stocks of interest at the close of trade on the ASX on Friday, October 19.